Creating an Upward Spiral

We’re all familiar with the idea of the downward spiral, right?  Where one bad choice can lead to another which can lead to another which leads to another and so on…but did you know the opposite is also true?  Good choices can lead to more good choices which lead to more that lead to more and more and so on.  We call that positive momentum an upward spiral.  It’s a positive impact on our heart and mind, a collection of successes and positive choices we have made along the way.

creating an upward spiralLet’s look at a few simple strategies you can take to begin your upward spiral! Continue reading

Inner Peace: A Natural Face Lift

“Soften your eyes. Relax your face,” I instruct my clients when we are working on deep relaxation in session. And the change is immediate and visible as the lines of tension fall away and a peaceful expression steals over them. When conducting this exercise with a roomful of people, the whole mood of the group changes. You can almost see everyone’s blood pressure go down! For you see, no matter how skillful the face lift, how costly the wrinkle cream, nothing can erase the look of stress, anger, sadness or chronic anxiety from a face when the soul inside is tense and troubled.  Inner peace is like a natural face lift. Continue reading

Stories of Hope and Heroism

Unless you’ve been unplugged in every possible way this week you’ve surely heard about the tragedy’s of both the Boston bombing and the explosion in the small town of West, Texas.  I know at times like this it can be hard to see the light of hope in the midst of darkness in this world.

Here are some things we’ve seen that have provided us with both hope and a sense of comfort this week.

13 Examples Of People Being Awesome After The Attack On The Boston Marathon
Reuters hugging woman Boston

9 Brilliant Tributes To Boston From Around The Universe

Comfort dogs hard at work in a Boston hospital

Facebook post by colleague Justin Hughes “In the wake of the tragedy in Boston, I feel hurt for those hurting.  In the wake of tragedies that befall the world daily, I can say with the Psalmist of Scripture, “Why, O LORD, do you stand far away?  Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10:1, ESV).  But what we see is not the end result.  It will be made right, but we must “stand firm” (James 5:7-9).”

Man Pulled 16 People From A Collapsed Nursing Home After The Texas Explosion

First Responder Memorial Fund for those lost in the explosion in West.
Donations, help flow after Texas explosion: ‘That’s what we do’

Amid Boston horror, acts of kindness abound

Willie Nelson, West, Texas Benefit: Icon Hosting Concert for Explosion Victims

Willie Nelson West Texas benefit concert

After a week of tragedy, a week of questioning the presence of goodness, kindness and love in world, we hope these pictures and stories have sparked hope in you for this world and for humanity.  If you struggle to find hope in your life, we’d love to help you.  Please contact us at tiffany@ashenfeltercounseling.com or michael@ashenfeltercounseling.com.

Practice Thankfulness – Holiday Survival Tip #1

As the holidays are rapidly approaching, (is it just me or does it seem like time speeds up during the holiday season) I thought I’d do a series on easy tips to survive the holidays.

The holiday season is both joyful and stressful.  It is both happy and sad. So Holiday Survival Tip #1 is  Practice thankfulness.  It’s amazing what this simple step can do to your outlook on life.

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